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... tagged the "Principle of Planetary Claustrophobia"). Dr Bass has been an Associate Editor of PENSÉE and is a Senior Editor of KRONOS. It is widely supposed that current astronomical knowledge has shown that the events proposed by Velikovsky for the history of the solar system cannot have occurred. An examination of the traditional arguments shows that this is by no means ... Wintner and undertook post-doctoral research at Princeton University under Solomon Lefschetz. He has held a number of important posts in the Aerospace Engineering industry and is at present Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Brigham Young University, Utah. He is the principal inventor of the Topolotron, or "magnetic bottle", a device enabling the peaceful utilisation of fusion energy, and ... that perturbations arising from the shifting pull of one planet on another might eventually act to break up the delicate balance of the solar system.... however, the French astronomer Pierre Simon Laplace showed that the solar system was not as delicate as all that. The perturbations were all cyclic, and orbital irregularities never increased to more than a certain amount ...
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... either hemisphere or both for any given arc." In this context, note well the paragraph just before "the Solar Wind". Wal Thornhill.... Royal Astronomical Society Press Notices Date: 27 March 1998 A NEW VIEW OF MASS EJECTIONS: WATCHING THE SUN COUGH It seems that the behavior of the Sun in some ways resembles that of ... THOTH -A Catastrophics Newsletter- VOL II, No. 11 June 30, 1998 EDITOR: Amy Acheson PUBLISHER: Michael Armstrong LIST MANAGER: Brian Stewart CONTENTS ASTRONOMY AS ART................. Amy Acheson NOTES ON THE COMPARATIVE METHOD......... Ev ... cultures never attained proficiency in astronomy and thus their statements-frequently made to modern-day anthropologists and folklorists themselves ignorant of astronomy and the comparative method-can often be misleading. Nor are the most ancient astronomies always to be trusted. Even at the outset of formal astronomy, as it is represented in ancient Babylon, for example, one finds an entirely artificial system whereby various gods ...
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33. Forum [SIS C&C Review $]
... observations fit retrocalculated data: thus Ninsianna was unmistakeably Venus and the Clube and Napier thesis is not required to explain the Venus Tablets observations. Much as I admire Clube and Napier's astronomical theory, and with the evidence of Chiron's recent catastrophist past their comet catastrophe scenario looks highly probable, there seems to be too many problems in making a synthesis with the mythological ... Clube and Napier's ideas. For nowadays if one is to espouse the cause of a uniformitarian past one has also to reject their thesis, a thesis which is soundly based in astronomy. Dick Atkinson, in his critical review of Clube& Napier's The Cosmic Winter, concluded that they had 'a promising theory' but proffered the advice that they should ditch virtually ... as a good approximation! (The error is over 24 days per cycle). This 'insight' was hailed by E. C. Krupp in his In Search of Ancient Astronomies thus: "Prior to Hawkins no one had offered any compelling interpretation of the number and nature of the Aubrey Holes... Doubtless many a reader of Stonehenge Decoded, ...
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34. Dark Matter [The Velikovskian $]
... observed planetary movement, so today cosmologists add dark matter to cosmic strings as inflation papering over the yawning crevices in their theory. (1) Nothing so disturbs or infuriates the astronomical community as the concept proposed by Velikovsky, that gravity may not be the only fundamental force governing celestial motion. When Velikovsky proposed this, he asserted a belief that the foundation ... the very idea of taking such stuff seriously was to "venture into the Black Arts." (3) Shapley's educated beliefs notwithstanding, things were not all that settled in astronomy regarding the behavior of celestial bodies with respect to gravitational law. At the time Shapley wrote his attack on Velikovsky, there existed basic problems of a serious nature that gravitation theory ... not come to grips with: The first piece of evidence came from the work of a young Dutch astronomer named Jan Oort....Oort had already made a significant contribution to Galactic astronomy. In 1927, he had confirmed the earlier hypothesis of Bertil Lindblad that the galaxy is rotating...[and, in 1932...was following up this work ...
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... they go to all that trouble? We find this phenomenon of huge blocks of stone in sites all around the world. Machu Picchu in the highlands of Peru, a profoundly astronomical site, one that is associated by archaeologists with 1400 AD on the basis of organic materials found in it but one that is identified by archaeo-astronomers on the basis of a number ... are simply looking at man-in-serpent, as the archaeologists say. It really does look to me like some sort of representation of a piece of technology, perhaps something to do with astronomy, though this cannot be said with certainty. The figure of Chacmol at Chichen Itza in Mexico was the last sight that the sacrificial victim would see before his heart was cut ... have an enormous mystery in these maps, one that has been disposed of too glibly by orthodox scholarship. It is a mystery that deserves very thorough investigation. Ancient Artists and Astronomers Figure 7 The principal figures of the Nazca plateau Were the mapmakers linemakers too? Examining the famous Nazca lines of Southern Peru (Fig. 8) we find figures that are ...
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... ) Stringing phrases from three sentences appearing on as many pages of Larrabee's article into a sentence of her own, Gaposchkin set it in quotation marks and introduced it as 'Dr Velikovsky's astronomical assertions.' The gist of her thoroughly abusive article was that electromagnetic phenomena are of no importance in space, and in a purely mechanical solar system the events of Worlds in ... modern man's snug little world, set in a framework of celestial harmony and imperceptible evolution, is but an illusion. Velikovsky's reappraisal of world history ravages established doctrine in disciplines from astronomy to psychology: universal gravitation of masses is not the only force governing celestial motions- electromagnetic force must also play important roles; enigmatic breaks in the geological record denote, not ... published and read; the atmosphere generated by scientific consternation was charged with a peculiar emotion that Newsweek termed 'a highly unacademic fury.' Even if Velikovsky's books were, as one astronomer put it, the 'most amazing example of a shattering of accepted concepts on record,' the violence of the reaction against it seemed all out of proportion to the book's importance ...
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37. Can Worlds Collide? [Kronos $]
... " in a 50-Dimensional Sponge Large Enough for Velikovsky to Slip Through? Robert W. Bass Copyright (c) 1975 by ROBERT W. BASS Dr. Immanuel Velikovsky outraged the astronomical establishment in 1950 with his hypotheses of planetary shufflings during a game of cosmic billiards which, he postulated, took place within the past four millennia. Mankind supposedly was so traumatized ... , in which Brown made the confessions and explained the doubts cited above. Hagihara and the mainstream astronomers had also failed to notice that, in 1953, the Regius Professor of Astronomy of the University of Glasgow, W. M. Smart, in a text on dynamical astronomy, had quantified Brown's doubts and shown that the equation for secular change of a ... boldness and close ranks with orthodox academe.** In fact, Asimov has told ANALOG readers, in this context, that he is "ready to die" for NASA-Medal-winning astronomer, Carl Sagan, who at the AAAS Symposium on Velikovsky, claimed*** that the odds against multiple planetary near-collisions were 10 23 to 1. When I asked him ...
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... : When you can state that the lunar month is precisely 29.530589 days long, with eight-digit precision --equivalent to certainty to within one part in one hundred million --that's hard science! Astronomical Stability: When the Earth's rotation around its polar axis and orbital motion around the Sun, and the Moon's orbital motion around the Earth, are so constant over such a long ... 360, or other numbers of days. It is interesting to see how these questions are pulled together with special overtones relative to catastrophism --by drawing on only one datum of observational astronomy and by invoking mathematics at the level of elementary arithmetic only. The accurate adjustment of the 19-year lunar calendar cycle to the 365 1/4-day civil calendar is thereby fully explained ... or less than one hour and a half, in 19 years. It accumulates to one day only in 303 years. The 19-year cycle just demonstrated is nothing new. Athenian astronomer Meton announced its discovery in year -432. His discovery of the 19-year cycle presupposes precise knowledge of the length of the lunar month as well as of the solar (tropical) ...
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... 'Planet X' ", Ellenberger raised some other questions. Concerning Planet X itself, I have nothing to say. Yet, Ellenberger went beyond the debated topic by stressing the astronomical problems with which Velikovskians find themselves saddled. For instance, he asked: "How does the process of core ejection with Jovian planets really work?"(9) This ... as a comet from the planet Jupiter, Ellenberger's appended words, in part, read as follows: "Ejection of core material from a Jovian planet, like many processes in astronomy, is an unsolved problem. However, the putative origin of Venus from the core of any Jovian planet is decidedly a secondary question. The fission process described by Lyttleton and ... of a lifetime in failing to utilize this mytho-historical datum in predicting the existence of the newly discovered Jovian ring. Not, I think, that it would have much mattered. Astronomers would have probably explained away or even ignored such a prediction just as they explained away those of Velikovsky and ignored Vsekhsvyatskii's. The latter did predict the Jovian ring(20) ...
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40. The Inconstant Sun [Kronos $]
... effects as broad, long-term changes in the climate of the Earth. One nagging piece of evidence provided the impetus for this possibility to be taken seriously. According to all the astronomical records we have, the seventeenth century was a period of greatly reduced solar activity, with very few spots at all seen for more than fifty years. This period exactly coincided ... with this new evidence and to produce a better understanding of how the Sun works. That will take years, involving contributions from studies of oscillations of the solar surface, neutrino astronomy, and observations from orbit across the electromagnetic spectrum. But it is already further evidence of the variability of our own star, the Sun. And it provides appropriate background to ... have seen any considerable spots on the Sun, though before that time, since the invention of the telescopes, they have from time to time observed them. And the then Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed, was so excited by the sighting of a spot in 1684 that he commented: This is the only one I have seen... since December ...
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